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Aug

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 8

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 8

1

These steps produced nothing more than official ………… from Britain and France, for they were more serious about enforcing the economic ………………. of the treaty than its military restrictions. Many Brits felt the restrictions placed on Germany in ………….. had been too harsh, and they believed that Hitler’s aim was simply to undo the extremes of the treaty, not to go beyond that. Faced with no ………………, Hitler moved troops into the Rhineland on March 7, 1936. Under the Versailles treaty, the Rhineland should have been …………….., for France wanted it for a buffer between herself and Germany. But, as before, Hitler’s defiance was met with inaction.

The first German conquest was Austria. After Italy had joined the Anti-Comintern Pact, thereby removing the main ………………… of a Anschluss of Austria, Germany announced the annexation on March 12, 1938, making it a German province: “Gau Ostmark.”

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 8

2

On April 9 Germany ……………… Weserubung to seize Denmark and Norway, ………………… as a defensive …………………… against a planned (and openly discussed) Franco-British occupation of those countries aimed at controling export of Swedish iron ore and the Northern Atlantic. After the failed British campaign in Norway Finland and Sweden were physically cut off from the West. As a …………………., Germany put pressure on neutral Sweden to permit …………… of military goods and soldiers on leave. Germany’s presense ……………… to northernmost Finland, and its Nickel mines, were perceived as an improvement of the strategical situation by the Finns.

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 8

3

On May 10 the Phony War ended with a sweeping German ………………….. of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, that bypassed French ………………. along the Maginot Line. After …………………………. these countries Germany turned against France, entering the country through the Ardennes on May 13 – the French had made the fatal mistake of leaving this area almost totally ………………, believing its terrain to be impassible for tanks. Most Allied forces were in Flanders, ……………………. a re-run of the World War I Schlieffen Plan, and were cut off from the French heartland. As a result of this, and also the superior German communications, the Battle of France was shorter than virtually all prewar Allied thought could have ……………… It lasted six weeks, after which France ………………………..

CHECK ANSWERS
1 protests, provisions, Versailles, opposition, demilitarized, obstacle 2 commenced, ostensibly, maneuver, consequence, transition, proximate 3 invasion, fortifications, overrunning, undefended, anticipating, conceived, surrendered

 

Vocabulary for PTE Speaking Test

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